Carlo Lastimosa is Out from NLEX

Here’s why according to Yeng Guiao

Coach Yeng Guiao

While everyone else is already hyped that the PBA’s 43rd season is about to start with the defending champions, San Miguel Beermen opening their title defense against the Phoenix Fuel Masters right after the opening ceremony which will feature each team being led into the court by their respective muses, not everyone is actually looking forward to the opening of the new season. Among those who are not happy are the players who have been dropped by their previous teams due to various reasons.
To begin with, today’s opening of the new season wasn’t even sure until last Wednesday when all 12 team governors, along with Commissioner Chito Narvasa who is rumored to be stepping down from his post soon, held the launching event of the new season. At the very least, it’s sure that PBA fans will have a season to watch out for.
Along with the opening of the new season comes the start of the journey for the rookies who were picked the last draft. While these young rookies have something to look forward to, some players have been bumped from their teams so that these rookies can be accommodated. Painful, isn’t it?
Some of the notable free agents that will have no team come to the opening ceremony later are Chris Ellis, Jonas Villanueva, Chris Lutz and Carlo Lastimosa. Mind you, Jeric Teng is also in the free agent market. But let’s just focus on one player: Carlo Lastimosa. 
Here’s the thing, folks. Carlo Lastimosa, along with Jonas Villanueva- still has a live contract with the  NLEX Road Warriors but he was not included in the official roster that was submitted to the league which means the team that decides to sign Lastimosa will take care of Lastimosa’s existing contract. 

So why Carlo Lastimosa was bumped out of the Road Warriors?
The reason is very much simple- if you will believe Coach Yeng Guiao. According to the coach, the rise of Kevin Alas and the anticipated arrival of the rookie, Kiefer Ravena forced the Road Warriors to unload Lastimosa along with Villanueva. And this move of the Road Warriors will benefit them in the long run especially if Kiefer Ravena stays healthy. 


While it’s sad for Carlo Lastimosa to open the season as a free agent, he shouldn’t lose his focus.Why? He’s still young. He’s still in his prime. Who knows? He might actually land in a championship-contending team. 

PBA: Best Player of the Conference Race

We rank the TOP 5 local players in the league so far this commissioner’s cup

5. Sean Anthony (Last Week: #4)

 Sean Anthony is averaging double-double with 15.60 points, 10.40 rebounds along with 3.60 assists (SPs: 31.40) in 25.80 minutes per game this conference. The energetic power forward is the team’s top local scorer this conference.

4. Calvin Abueva (Last Week: No Rank) 

 Calvin Abueva is our newcomer on our TOP 5 local players this conference. “The Beast”and the Aces are on a four game winning skid. Abueva is averaging 14.40 points, 7.60 rebounds, 3.40 assists, 1 steal and .60 blocks in just 25.80 minutes per game (SPs: 31.80).

3. Terrence Romeo (Last Week: #2)

 Terrence Romeo is averaging 25.33 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3 assists in 33.67 minutes of action (SPs: 32). He is just averaging 17.5 points a game in two losses of Batang Pier this week. Still, he is the top scorer among locals this conference with an average of 25.33 points.

2. Carlo Lastimosa (Last Week: #1)

Carlo Lastimosa has slow down this week averaging just 14 points a game after a hot start. But he is still at no. 2 spot in our BPC race this conference.  The Elite Guard is averaging 22.83 points per game along with 4.67 rebounds and 2.17 assists (EFF: 33.83).

1. Greg Slaughter (Last Week: #3)

 Greg Slaughter is a monster double double machine for Ginebra. He led the Kings with a 3-3 record so far this conference and he is the leading local scorer and rebounder for the team. He is averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and .8 block in 32 minutes per game (SPs: 36). He is also at no. 1 in MVP race this season.


We rank the TOP 5 local players in the league so far this commissioner’s cup

5. Marcio Lassiter 

 Lassiter is averaging 21 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4 assists (EFF: 38.80) in 2 games this conference. The deadly shooter is the Beermen’s top local scorer this conference with June Mar Fajardo not yet in 100% due to injury.

4. Sean Anthony 

 Sean Anthony is averaging double-double with 15.25 points, 11.75 rebounds along with 3 assists (EFF: 39.41) in 4 games this conference. The underrated forward has led the Road Warriors to a 2-2 start this season.

3. Greg Slaughter 

 Ginebra is 2-1 this conference with Greg Slaughter on the court. Slaughter is averaging 16,67 points, 11 rebounds, 1.33 assists and 1 block in 33,67 minutes per game (EFF:40.51). He is currently no. 1 in MVP Race this season.

2. Terrence Romeo 

 The “Golden Boy” is averaging 27 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 36.20 minutes of action (EFF: 41.36). He is the second top scorer among locals this conference and is 6th overall. The only problem is, Romeo has been averaging 4 turnovers a game too, for a total of 20 turnovers in just 5 games.

1. Carlo Lastimosa 

You won’t believe it. Yes. The no. 1 in our BPC race is Carlo Lastimosa. The Elite guard has been the top local scorer this conference. He has scored a total of 109 points in just 4 games and has scored at least 20 points since the start of the conference including career high 39 points. He is averaging 27.25 points per game along with 4.25 rebounds and 2.5 assists (EFF: 44.66).Lastimosa led the Blackwater Elite to a 2-2 start.